WWW.OFFICIALRAMONES.COM OPENING PARTY, DECEMBER 17th 1999, CBGB, NYC, USA

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On December 17th 1999, there was a show at CBGB to promote the Ramones new official web site at www.officialramones.com. This is a web site run by long-time Ramones lighting Director, creative director (merchandise designer) Arturo Vega.
One of the thing the site has is info on a new Ramones fan club, called 1*2*3*4. It has T-shirts, jackets, hats and all kinds of Ramones stuff. For info on the on the fan club, just visit the site. OK, let me get back to talking about the show.

What this show was, was a bunch of Ramones tribute bands, playing their favorite Ramones songs, with a few of the real Ramones in the audience watching. Each Ramone member there would pick the band that they liked best, and go on stage to sing a few songs with that band.

I know each Ramones member considered coming, but when the night came, the ones there were just Joey Ramone and CJ Ramone. Actually, Tommy Ramone attended as well, but strictly as a part of the audience - he did not go on stage at all. So, Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone & Johnny Ramone, for whatever reason, all chose not to attend.

There was a rule that each band had to play under a Ramones-related name. The bands playing were called:
- The Tangerine Puppets
- The Exploding White Mice (Homepage: http://www.bord.org)
- The Brats
- Durango 99 (Homepage: http://www.huntingtonsusa.com)
- Endless Vacation (Homepage: http:// www.robweoza.com
- Commando
- Crummy Stuff (Homepage: http://www.collider.com/)
- Monte's Revenge
- Sedated (Homepage: http://www.sedatedonline.com)
- The Ramonas (Homepage: http://www.rockometer.com/ramonas)
- 53rd & 3rd St. Boys
- Danger Zone (Homepage: http://asylum66.tripod.com)
- 1-2-3-4
- The Melnicks (Homepage: http://www.rat.fink.net)

Most of these bands were bands that normally play original songs under a different band name. As far as I know Sedated was the only band there that plays all their shows as a Ramones tribute band under the same name they used here. Well, the show was packed with tons and of tons of Ramones fans. I don't know the exact number of people there, but I'm sure it was way past the legal limit. But I mean it was great. Great to be packed in with so many Ramones fans. Again, just like Ramones shows, the crowd had a wide range of different kinds of people. Some were older people who were probably fans of the band in the 70's. Other people like me, were kids who weren't even born in the 70's. There were boys, there were girls. Some people looked like they were into new-school punk, some old-school punk, others looked like they were in to metal, some were total Ramones look-a-likes, but everyone there were big Ramones fans. It was just great, and the crowd had enthusiasm for bands.

There were so many bands, I can't really give a full description on each band. It was clear all the bands were big Ramones fans, and all having a ot of fun playing. There were no bands which I thought were really bad. Sedated were really good, sounded and looked a lot like the Ramones, and they started a wild mosh pit - and they had a Pinhead come on stage with a Gabba Gabba Hey sign.

Danger Zone were really good too, huge Ramones fans who also sounded a lot like the Ramones. Endless Vacation were fun, all kids from a younger generation, doing a good job of playing Ramones songs. Ramonas were an all girls band, playing Ramones songs, and they were good. No offense to the bands I'm not mentioning, its just there were so many bands playing Ramones songs, I can't really remember each one. Also, while a few bands were up, I was in the CBGB basement talking to people. In the basement there were people from the 1*2*3*4 Ramones fan club, selling Ramones T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Jackets, Baseball Caps, Posters, stickers, dolls, and all kinds of stuff. Some of these were things sold at ramones concerts, and others i believe looked to be newly designed for the fan club. A lot of the shirts, hats, Jackets say 1*2*3*4 fan club on them. Again, if you're reading this and wanna buy any of it, www.officialramones.com is the place to get it from.

After all the bands finished their set, Joey Ramone and CJ Ramone went on stage to announce the bands they chose to sing with. CJ Ramone chose Sedated, and then Joey Ramone chose Durango 99. CJ had an unknown personal friend of his join Sedated on stage as well. So, there were three singers. I think they played three or four songs. It seemed like everyone was having a lot of fun.

After that Joey joined Durango 99, played a few songs with them, again, it seemed the band and fans were having fun. Then that was the end of the show.  Well, it was a fun night, and to close this review, I'll just say Gabba Gabba Hey.

(Review by LifeSucks, thanks)



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